Focus News, Bulgaria
Oct 13 2006
Milliyet, Turkey: EU Calls on Turkey to Keep Calm over France’s
Passing a Bill on Armenian Genocide
13 October 2006 | 11:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Strasbourg/ Ankara. European Parliamentary rapporteur Camiel Eurlings
called on Turkey to keep calm about the bill on the Armenian
genocide, which France’s Parliament passed, the Turkish newspaper
Milliyet reports. The MEP said the adoption of the bill would impede
the efforts at abolishing some restrictions on the freedom of thought
and the efforts at doing away with tortures in Turkey.
France’s lower house of parliament approved a bill on Thursday making
it a crime to deny Armenians suffered genocide at the hands of
Ottoman Turks. The bill provoked anger in Turkey, which said the vote
would damage ties between the two NATO allies and French firms
operating in Turkey.